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Excessive erosion and sedimentation from land disturbing activities has been linked to serious land and water  management issues of concern to county residents. These concerns include the negative impacts on the biodiversity, quality of life, pollution and loss of water carrying capacity in local streams, and the protection of public health, safety and welfare. On November 21, 2000 the Jefferson County Fiscal Court adopted an Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control (EPSC) Ordinance. This Ordinance is intended to conserve, preserve and enhance the natural resources of Jefferson County by controlling the adverse impacts and offsite degradation of soil erosion and sedimentation arising from land disturbing activities. The formation of the Ordinance development process began in July of 1997. The Legislative History of the EPSC Ordinance provides background information and federal mandates that brought the EPSC Ordinance to its maturity.

In the fall of 1996, MSD and the Jefferson County Department of Planning and Environmental Management (DPEM) agreed upon a joint approach for preparation of an EPSC Ordinance. In the summer of 1997, MSD and DPEM staff formed a diverse citizen's advisory committee to assist with development of the EPSC Ordinance. This committee was comprised of representatives from the following stakeholder groups: contractors, developers, engineers, homebuilders, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Kentucky Division of Water, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, local agencies, environmental groups, and concerned citizens.

The Ordinance evolved through a consensus building process; consequently, this process brought diverse groups together to develop a more inclusive set of standards to better fit all covered activities within the community. In the Spring of 2000, MSD's Board endorsed the EPSC Ordinance and transmitted the document to the Jefferson County Fiscal Court for consideration of adoption. On November 21, 2000, the Jefferson County Fiscal Court adopted the EPSC Ordinance. 

Highlights of the EPSC Ordinance

The EPSC Ordinance is applicable to all land disturbing activities in Jefferson County, including single family, commercial, residential and utility construction.

The following land disturbing activities are exempt from the EPSC Ordinance:

  • Agricultural operations regulated by the Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Act (operations 10 acres and greater in disturbance);
  • Clearing and grading activities that disturb less than 2000 square feet AND are situated no closer than 50-feet to a solid or intermittent blue line stream, and which are not governed under a General Permit or Site Disturbance Permit; and
  • Limited private development site investigations and surveying prior to plan application.

Erosion Prevention continued

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The Louisville & Jefferson County Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Ordinance
Legislative History
MSD Design Manual - Chapters 10, 11, 12
Revised Construction Plan Checklist (, 9 K)
Louisville & Jefferson County Floodplain Management Ordinance 
(, 130K)
EPSC Certification Class Information
EPSC Contractor Self Inspection
(, 79K)
Last Updated: July 06, 2012

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